Art & Archaeology

About My Work

Welcome, this website is an introduction to some of the themes of my research and projects I have been involved with.

I have extensive experience in both visual art and archaeology, having had parallel and interweaving careers in both professions since the 1990s. Through these investigations I have developed a transdisciplinary practice, using methods from both fields to interpret landscape change in a variety of contexts. These range from artists residences to community archaeology projects, from archaeological excavations to independent and collaborative research projects. I also work as an archaeological photographer specialising in artefacts, with illustrations in over 30 books, numerous journals and reports and a government issue stamp (see here for details of this kind of work).

My current research interests lie in devising inter and transdisciplinary methodologies to study and interpret landscapes that are undergoing substantive change. This work draws on theories of deep mapping to develop a holistic approach to cultural landscapes in their biophysical settings, to provide novel ways of narrating geographies about spaces and places that may well be contested.

In 2015 I completed a doctoral research project (title:- In Flux; Land, Photography and Temporality) at Northampton University (2011-2015). Prior to this, I studied an M. A. in Documentary Photography at The Centre for Photographic Research, University of Wales, Newport (2005 – 2007). My academic studies began at the University of Sunderland, with Fine Art (Sculpture and Photography) B.A.(Hons) graduating in 1991.

Artworks are available to purchase, photographs can, in most cases, be printed to order with specific requirements, contact me for further details.

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